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No Plagiarism!6WzC9gGB20YZ05vZSzG8posted on PENANA

("The Study of Truth")copyright protection71PENANAzguedpx9Wy

It was cold but the cold was refreshing to Conner's inflamed skin. It was always like this when he made a crossover while in a heavily glamoured human form. copyright protection71PENANAJ3vjGEAmgD

He was not actually human. But for the sake of the argument, he was now. Plus, Garrett, his elder brother, was always saying things like 'immersion fosters the ability to live like one you were immersed around' or something like that.copyright protection71PENANAmeCnk8mcI3

Garrett always said things like that. Evangeline would comment (well, if she was currently alive, anyway) something along the lines of 'dammit, pay attention, Conner!'.copyright protection71PENANAlhjPwwe4Gb

Someone was almost always chiding him for his severely limited attention span.copyright protection71PENANACqe7JUMkh3

Let's just say that he made a toddler human with severe ADHD look focused.copyright protection71PENANAXEhA2BIpOq

Conner knew why they did it though. He didn't necessarily like it, but he could understand why it was necessary. It was because they wanted him to actually notice his surroundings and discreetly make his way through them.copyright protection71PENANAs9ILZfiejZ

It helped when he was in his current form, his currently annoyingly human form. He liked how it was easier to enjoy the present and the world around him, but alas... he did not like how weak it made him, or how boring he thought it made him.copyright protection71PENANApWpE49zRtQ

But whatever. It's not like he wasn't the one to decide to live as mortal for a while.copyright protection71PENANAUrvc1xOKWC

Garrett had been the one to suggest it, but ultimately it had been Conner's decision.copyright protection71PENANAboMTaM9s0s

But, anyway, currently he had made his way into an office.copyright protection71PENANArqpR4t1Ekv

By the mortals dressed around him, he could guess that it was sometime in the late nineteen thirties or early nineteen forties. A woman had greeted him at the main desk and gave him papers to sign.copyright protection71PENANAufW0rYxfJt

He didn't have an identity here, nor any birth records that gave him one. All he had was his name, which had started out completely different and in his native tongue, but which he had changed some time ago to make it easier for mortals to pronounce.copyright protection71PENANASUREO1qXur

Barely any of his siblings had kept their original names.copyright protection71PENANApWRPOWjPAD

The woman had smiled brightly at him and had seemed somewhat concerned with how red his skin looked at the moment. He had smiled back and made an excuse about a sunburn or something like that. She had nodded and accepted his excuse- but then again, it was really the only reasonable thing he could respond with.copyright protection71PENANAl5Ti5kgDz0

' "Just sign these papers and we'll call you up when they're ready for you!" she smiled and he had nodded and taken a seat in the crowded waiting room.copyright protection71PENANA6rUY6I0xGu

No one had even blinked at him when he sat down.copyright protection71PENANAY6rQVfMe5n

His glamour must be good, he concluded. That was good, since he had never held a glamour this long before. It had been almost a century since he donned it.copyright protection71PENANASqtLIz5ZcF

The linoleum tiles sparkled beneath his booted feet. A shadowy reflection showed a man of reasonable height with a average body type.copyright protection71PENANA0j6UhdDiKj

He was dressed strangely for this time, but none of the people around him took notice, too immersed with anxiety, nerves, or their own daydreams. Conner was dressed in a worn pair of jeans and a plain cotton t-shirt, not many people were dressed like he was in the office, with maybe one other man wearing denim.copyright protection71PENANANIqeylulzA

Most of the people around him were men, maybe two women in the waiting room beside the woman who had greeted him at the front desk. They were dressed smartly, plain clothes for the most part that had probably at least once been mended- but that was probably just a part of the times.copyright protection71PENANAJs1cdKMjKZ

He filled out the paperwork quickly, reading the terms and answering the questionnaire as honestly as he could. Place of residence? He answered vaguely, rattling off one of his cousins houses that she kept in the area. Age? He figured he looked to be about twenty two or three. Date of Birth? He laughed.copyright protection71PENANAYKi5FAijT2

He was old-older than most worlds anyway and when you were that old, let's just say you didn't celebrate all your birthdays.copyright protection71PENANACGL3VjopFY

He had been born in spring he thought. He rattled off the date of equinox, March twentieth give or take a day.copyright protection71PENANA0oq1BDLnWv

A few minutes later his name was called and he handed the clipboard back to the woman at the front and she guided him into another room, a doctor's office where he would get a 'check-up'. Conner snickered to himself while he waited again. The odds he would be too 'sick' to sign up would be very low to say the least.copyright protection71PENANAmVgF0Vgie9

He couldn't even remember the last time he got sick.copyright protection71PENANAlRP6UKqia5

After making so many crossovers into so many different worlds and time periods he had managed to develop an immunity to almost everything.copyright protection71PENANAhbtHc4lYsi

Including most forms of plague. Looking at you, Black Death!copyright protection71PENANAuPdLvdGLwV

The only illnesses he could actually pick up were witch-born ones, but those were few and far between, what with the tendencies to lead to witch hunts. Nasty little things those plagues were.copyright protection71PENANAVRMLXHwn0H

But he hadn't managed to catch one of those in at least a thousand or so years.copyright protection71PENANAthSWY51j4t

The door to the room slid open and a man in a white lab coat made his way in.copyright protection71PENANAByjPjO20Ay

He was human (not that it was surprising) and was somewhere in his early thirties. His hair was light brown and cut short while his eyes were a dark mossy green.copyright protection71PENANAVvqHgnpMLp

Dr. Thomas Greene his nametag read.copyright protection71PENANAtfGmbErdYv

Dr. Greene was pale, like he had never visited, certainly not lived, near the equator. He kept clicking his pen, about eleven times per minute. He made 'mhmm' sounds as he read over Conner's papers, flipping through them several times before he even looked directly up at Conner.copyright protection71PENANAHA40poOsoo

He frowned when he looked at him, his brows furrowing.copyright protection71PENANA0jUq1aOqXA

"You're Conner Hadrian Durard? Do you know Sara Durard, then? She came in earlier today with her son."copyright protection71PENANAPrPwN1bee9

Conner nodded, "She's a cousin."copyright protection71PENANAKWKOWacLCA

Who he hadn't seen or talked to for at least sixty years, but that was normal.copyright protection71PENANAaDU53WfSnd

Dr. Greene nodded and went back to skimming the papers.copyright protection71PENANAtdFiJsjUHy

A couple minutes later he looked up and scanned him again and nodded.copyright protection71PENANA4ruOgrYsdB

"Alright, can you list any previous illnesses?"copyright protection71PENANA3oeYtiVJaj

Fuck.copyright protection71PENANAWDwBWg4gbL

He hadn't the faintest clue what illnesses were a thing in this world.copyright protection71PENANAOfdj4tL3WY

"The flu?"copyright protection71PENANAE0mTZQbUzl

"Which flu?"copyright protection71PENANAdvZK7V1bbc

"Uh, this year's flu?"copyright protection71PENANAX0sbjxF5BC

Dr. Greene narrowed his eyes on Conner like Evangeline did when she caught him not paying attention. For a second Conner thought that he would call him on his clear lie, maybe even confess that he knew that Conner was immortal. He kinda wished the doctor would, it would be a hell of alot easier if he did.copyright protection71PENANA3gCq9CgkxP

The doctor looked back down and went back to making 'mhmm' sounds.copyright protection71PENANAFKlFvtAwFM

When all was said and done, he ended up doing a physical on Conner, unnerving the immortal with his constant poking and prodding. Within twenty minutes they were done and the doctor had given his stamp of approval and pushed him further along the line to recruitment which seeing as how the country was at war (or so he had been told after one awkward conversation later) he had been accepted quickly and quietly.copyright protection71PENANAJDMbO6Jubk

In his defence, not every world had been subject to World War Two, just most of them.copyright protection71PENANA6fAJFJlW3S

See, there were certain events that were almost always written deeply into the fabric of existence, and World War Two was one of them along with the Hundred Years War or the French Revolution or for some odd reason, the Great Emu War.copyright protection71PENANAMJD7p9B0Fg

(He had never managed to figure the latter out, though.)copyright protection71PENANAMpTzAIFkcR

But back to the subject, events like those were repeated countlessly in countless worlds, leading most of the humanities across existence to a remarkably similar path. Of course, some of the players changed depending on how prior events had played out.copyright protection71PENANAEj6f2MZoI3

For example if Napoleon had actually managed to conquer Russia, or later, if Hitler had managed to conquer the Soviet Union or if the Soviet Union had replaced Germany in WW2 on the Axis team. Changes like those had of way of sending out repercussions.copyright protection71PENANAguMUCc3dcJ

And he had no idea just where he had landed on the 'Oh shit what's happening? Where am I?' meter. Probably high up, he supposed.copyright protection71PENANAuY8nyJ6d3i

He ghosted through the rest of the line, lost in thought and absently muttering to himself (garnering quite a few strange looks when people did notice him if at all). He was given a uniform that would fit him while he was under a glamour (but would certainly not when he went without it). He ended up back in a line for... hell, something.copyright protection71PENANA5HBcXEYW2H

A man was standing in front of him. He was around six feet two inches tall and smelled distinctly human. His auburn brown hair was cut close to his head on the sides but the top fell in a wave from his side part. He was stiff and his breathing was harsh, nervous.copyright protection71PENANAZjbMdOYh2a

"Something troubling you?" Conner spoke up and the man turned around slightly to lean against the wall as he made eye contact with the still red immortal.copyright protection71PENANA0w98UHR0VU

The human was quite attractive, nowhere near Conner's kind and their kind of beauty, but Conner could see how the man would attract others of his kind. His eyes were odd, heterochromatic with his right eye being a dark chocolate brown and his left being a pacific blue. He was frowning slightly but relaxed as he let out a slight chuckle.copyright protection71PENANAj0CVczAbwC

"The country is at war, I believe I have reason to be troubled."copyright protection71PENANASvV4i9SgqV

Conner laughed and the man quirked a brow, "Yes, but that's not what's bothering you."copyright protection71PENANArqrAzmhqmd

The man looked surprised, "You're American? What are you doing signing up in England?"copyright protection71PENANAlGdXCqxcB4

Conner smiled, "Would you believe I took a wrong turn and signed up for the hell of it?"copyright protection71PENANAPuzLyRVr8l

The man scanned him and looked into his eyes silently for a moment, "Looking at you, yeah, I'd believe it."copyright protection71PENANAmzMNal9rMw

"You don't sound English either," Conner pointed out and the man smiled lightly.copyright protection71PENANAF7dT5QjD2V

"Ex-pat. Moved here with my parents when I was twelve. Been here for about eleven years now. How's it going stateside?"copyright protection71PENANAHSphDY9yph

Conner let out a nervous bleat, "Hell if I know. What year is this?"copyright protection71PENANAULRHy13ItQ

The man laughed like he thought it was a good joke. "It's 1939. What'd you do? Take a nasty hit to the head? Or maybe... stay out in the sun too long? Though I must confess, I've never seen a sunburn that bad, especially not in England."copyright protection71PENANAf8Xs13ilHl

Conner chuckled, "Well my head does hurt and so does my skin, so I guess either/and."copyright protection71PENANAgodGGREPq3

The line moved up and the man slid along the wall a few feet. Conner followed.copyright protection71PENANA7kOZ2n056t

"I'm Conner." Conner held out his hand and the man took it to shake.copyright protection71PENANAVlCTNEX6ZE

"Adam. You have quite the grip." Conner relaxed his hand and released him, a slight blush lighting up his cheeks, lighting up his inflamed skin once more.copyright protection71PENANArg3FWJwBzW

Adam laughed and Conner blushed a deeper red, "Sorry."copyright protection71PENANAFHhuGkRGqX

Adam smiled, "Nothing to apologize for, just didn't expect it."copyright protection71PENANAaliMf6rdcq

Conner relaxed and they made light talk as they slid through the line and the following checkpoint.copyright protection71PENANASDGWiDGPff

They took their papers and headed back into the waiting room where an older man met them.copyright protection71PENANAMUW3oCngjN

"Adam, you know your mother is going to be furious with you, right?"copyright protection71PENANAdt9wgpDHDP

Adam nodded at the greying man, "Yes, Uncle. But she has her hands full with the twins so I think I'm safe for the time being."copyright protection71PENANA8vtPrMs7BH

The man trailed light brown eyes over Conner, "Who is this?"copyright protection71PENANAnnCkr1XPhg

Conner held his hand out, "Conner Durard, pleasure to meet you..."copyright protection71PENANACvKM21cFJP

The man nodded but didn't take his hand, "Charles Brandt, I'm Adam's uncle."copyright protection71PENANAuRlYGNK9Vm

Conner nodded and Adam grinned, "Feel like a drink, either of you?"copyright protection71PENANARjJtDavA0M

Charles shook his head and Conner checked his wallet, which was not a wallet but a leather drawstring coin purse that he had been using for three centuries. Charles looked at him oddly then at his nephew and shook his head and silently left the two of them.copyright protection71PENANAQDhBpjCCZl

Conner looked up and Adam laughed, "You're a little odd but I like you. Come on, I'll pay."copyright protection71PENANAstdNsUBc3w

Conner grinned, "Fine with me, I'm pretty sure all that I have is foreign currency anyway."copyright protection71PENANAyVPipttU3t

Specifically, Blackslate coins that were only used among the Allied Family. He'd have to make a trip to a market hole. The tricky part would be locating the entrance. Hopefully there was one nearby, he'd have to ask Sara.copyright protection71PENANAGU6Yvvi78h

"So what do you do for work?" Adam asked as they made their way down streets to the nearest bar.copyright protection71PENANAtALGodB0pE

"I'm nomadic, I've picked up skills to do just about anything, but none of it certified. All off the books sort of stuff." Conner revealed and Adam narrowed his eyes on him with a slight grin.copyright protection71PENANAxYzngZQJTT

"So I take it you travel a lot?"copyright protection71PENANAczOiyjOQrX

"Yup. It's pretty much all I do."copyright protection71PENANA8UxTBW6cWw

Adam chuckled, "You're meant for the military then. That was all my father could talk about when he came home from the last war. Much to my mother's discontent."copyright protection71PENANARturQLqGuj

Conner laughed and they were silent as they walked at an amiable pace to the pub Adam suggested.copyright protection71PENANAAHTo0sIOi9

They stopped about ten minutes later at a homey looking building that seemed left over from the sixteenth century. How it had managed to survive time, Conner had no clue. Buildings weren't exactly built to last then. A sign hung apathetically from a post over the door.copyright protection71PENANALq3jkFgrSc

The Bar of Bathcopyright protection71PENANAXJGsawdBdI

Was that a play on Chaucer? He was grateful it wasn't Shakespeare at least.copyright protection71PENANAUOpOcqgUez

It was quiet and the atmosphere was cozy as they walked inside, pleasant smells trailing in from the back where the kitchens resided. Conner's nose itched as a sudden sharp scent bit at him annoyingly. The barman looked up and narrowed his eyes on the glamoured immortal.copyright protection71PENANA3007kkNALF

"Is that you, Conner? You wouldn't happen to be travelling with Evangeline would you? I still owe her eight goats and I'd rather not have to attempt to convert that shit and account for inflation."copyright protection71PENANANJptbzZpbd

Conner laughed at the expression on Adam's face.copyright protection71PENANA861yUdYb8d

"Evangeline isn't with me, no. I haven't see your ugly mug in... wow it's been a long time, Xander."copyright protection71PENANALceLky679R

The glamoured demon smirked then glanced at Adam.copyright protection71PENANANWBcpNMpcX

"Adam! How rude of me, what'll you have?"copyright protection71PENANADl3ETYSR91

"Whatever's potent enough to help me make sense of this."copyright protection71PENANA4UdiGxRMF0

Xander narrowed his eyes on Conner and slipped into infliniterian, the universal tongue of the homelands. The guttural somewhat lilting language drew wide eyes from Adam, oblivious to the actual meaning.copyright protection71PENANAEsXgEn3qNg

"Did you tell him about us? Your sister will not be happy with you."copyright protection71PENANAnqBr4upXlz

Conner shook his head and replied back in english.copyright protection71PENANAYqucIaJzXp

"No."copyright protection71PENANAACRySwVVXI

Xander nodded and handed Adam a strange concoction which the human took like a shot, grimacing at the taste.copyright protection71PENANAbl9NMehcbC

Conner sat down beside Adam at the bar. He looked at Xander, seeing through his light glamour.copyright protection71PENANALa3fmLq6ln

There were a few types of glamour, the low energy overlay which Xander wore, a glamour that dulled down one's true image and masked it with another more mundane one, and Conner's, which actually transformed the bearer in some sense, dulling down natural instincts and abilities. The latter was more difficult to maintain, but could easily go unnoticed even by the most clear sighted of mortals.copyright protection71PENANAvW0nuSTpOQ

Xander had probably scared some poor mortals shitless.copyright protection71PENANA80bhNYv4aH

Conner looked at Adam, "What do you see when you look at Xander?"copyright protection71PENANAHVRKbdwBjS

Xander frowned at the other immortal.copyright protection71PENANAZPO0cjT6IH

Adam, feeling the effects of the miscellaneous cocktail, blinked hazily for a moment then looked at Xander.copyright protection71PENANAWRI89v7FAh

He blushed, "Uh..."copyright protection71PENANAmhde2psz1M

Xander's frown deepened at Conner then looked at Adam with a sigh.copyright protection71PENANAr1Bg1OzUUi

"He's uh..." Adam blinked, at a loss for words. Conner laughed and patted him on the back.copyright protection71PENANABQ9kZjP6Yp

"Nevermind. Just for a check, how drunk should I let you get?"copyright protection71PENANAolHCzK12j2

"I'm already halfway there."copyright protection71PENANAOL3q15eAZ8

Conner nodded and Xander placed down a shot that could knock out an elephant in front of the immortal which Adam looked like he was going to steal if he wasn't quick enough. Conner seized it quickly and downed it easily, holding it out to Xander to be refilled. He'd need several more to actually feel the effects in any way. As it was, he was glad it had a pleasant melon taste.copyright protection71PENANATBZ2VZmK6k

Xander handed Adam a human sized dose of a shot which the mortal downed quickly. Xander grinned, "Conner, look's like someone wants to have a drinking contest."copyright protection71PENANAauFS7fD8iX

Conner grinned, "We shouldn't."copyright protection71PENANAb7IfxKkMkj

"Fuck yes, we should!" Adam cheered in a whisper-yell.copyright protection71PENANAUeVUhQTDBZ

Adam blinked hazily for a few seconds, "What was in that thing you gave me? God, whatever it was, it was strong."copyright protection71PENANAXMuDEBTiKb

Conner frowned at Xander to which the demon slipped back into their native tongue to respond. copyright protection71PENANAfWiXbPHvC2

"A little witch's truth brew. Grade max twelve. He might be... a little loose for the next few hours."copyright protection71PENANAPwgKrxBkad

Conner chuckled, "Just water it down for him for now on."copyright protection71PENANAk8ZOLEqEWb

Xander nodded and held his hands up in a surrendering motion.copyright protection71PENANAQb789iYROA

"I don't even know how he found my place. He must be somewhat clear-sighted. He never looks directly at me for the most part so he's been fine. As it is, he usually doesn't make eye contact til he's already drunk. He's a lot of fun, I'm just warning you."copyright protection71PENANATE7apyI0ST

Conner nodded and held out his hand, which Xander handed over the whole bottle he had been pouring Conner's shots from.copyright protection71PENANAdc1d1NRrsO

The immortal drank from it casually as the three of them made light chatter and Xander began to water down Adam's drinks right as the first ones began to really kick in. Conner's own drinks were nowhere near enough so he had the demon barkeep give him the harder stuff as Adam began to explain his whole life to the two immortals.copyright protection71PENANACiZKr93q0R

"My sister hates my guts- my older one I mean. I think it's been that way since she met me to be honest, I think I just rub her the wrong way. My younger one loves me- I think she idolizes me more than our little brother does and that's saying a lot considering how he used to try to go to school with me when he was a toddler. He was a smart little bugger too, wasn't even afraid of anybody else, would just stick to side streets and follow me to school. Scared the ever loving shit out of my mother, let me tell you. Karen, my younger sister, was pissed that every time she tried to come along Mother would catch her. Do you know how many times I had to cut class to bring his ass back home-too many times, let me tell you."copyright protection71PENANA1Uw84VGNWz

"What about you two, you two have any siblings?"copyright protection71PENANAGaMInOwfgZ

Conner and Xander burst into laughter.copyright protection71PENANA3Ti3DJcGac

Yeah, they had siblings. A ridiculous amount of them and at least hundreds of nieces and nephews- and that's only since they started to be able to procreate outside of the Family. But trying to explain that to mortals was awful. Technically, they didn't have blood the way that mortals did, nor the DNA that gave humans the codes that made them who they were and all that. No, it was simple magic that gave them life- make that raw power, specifically the Ancient's raw power.copyright protection71PENANAyb64jbZ0ZW

So while they had an immense number of siblings, none of them were technically related outside of the fact that they came from the same beings. It was weird and trying to explain to mortals was a pain in the ass to say the least so for the most part they kept the information regulated to the actual members of the Family and their mates.copyright protection71PENANAAG6npubVJr

"What? You two don't have siblings?"copyright protection71PENANAUMlcPYW1E6

"No," Xander chortled, wiping a tear from his eye, "Let's just say the Family is quite large."copyright protection71PENANAechlhBxhBw

Adam didn't pick up on the capitalization, but no one expected him to.copyright protection71PENANAdcckzBOLxx

"My closest brother's name is Garrett. We look practically identical except for the hair and eye color. Can't go anywhere without somebody mentioning it." Conner stated wistfully.copyright protection71PENANAdsjyE9wBbb

"Evangeline is his on and off again girlfriend, so she's practically Family-"technically she was Family too, one of the daughters of Hecate, so in lay-terms, a cousin of sorts "-she's more like an older sister to me though, and she certainly nags like a concerned older sibling too. Garrett's in love with her, but the problem is that he's also in love with this beauty named Clara. Evangeline knows he is too, so she always steps aside when Garrett goes back to her. I mean, it must hurt to do that, but she keeps doing it so I guess she's just a sucker for pain at this point."copyright protection71PENANAIpo0LFBiXd

Conner thought about his eldest sister, Juliet.copyright protection71PENANAOap1uZCjK9

She was the reigning monarch of Darla's side of the Family, and also her adopted father, Dante's as well. She was the eldest child of the Ancients, even out of all of the hundreds, if not thousands of them.copyright protection71PENANAQXBawgk3Sv

"Then there's Juliet," Conner regaled, "She my eldest sister, she puts up with everyone's shit in the Family and somehow makes it all better. I don't know how she does it, but she does it, sure enough. The Family would go to shit without it."copyright protection71PENANAfAVDAGjcZg

Adam nodded and looked at Xander. The demon let out a drawn out sigh.copyright protection71PENANApNrOOWOrfy

"Nope, I got nothing. I haven't even spoken to my family in over a decade."copyright protection71PENANAB6wch3tB6m

Adam narrowed his eyes on the demon, blinking fast like he thought that would make his features easier to make out.copyright protection71PENANA6lX2ZxIjKH

"How old are you, Xander? I mean, I can never tell. I can barely tell what you look like most the time." Adam muttered and Conner clapped him on the shoulder.copyright protection71PENANAz9v1YkYMLe

"Anyway..." Conner drolled, "What made you sign up to join the fight?"copyright protection71PENANAlmkRzBU2d1

Adam looked at him blankly, "It's what my father would have wanted me to do, if he was still alive. Uncle will always take care of my mother, so I don't have to worry about what I'm leaving behind as long as the war is not brought too close to home."copyright protection71PENANApjnmlmU4FE

"I know you said you signed up for the hell of it, but what was the real reason?" Adam asked and Conner gave a small smile.copyright protection71PENANAMfNhhMBfzn

"Me? I've never been one to sit on the sidelines as much as my Family would want. They threatened me the last time I did something like this. 'Conner! We're not allowed to interfere! There's always a price to pay!' and things like that."copyright protection71PENANAtUJOMiqHlD

Xander snorted, "You should listen to your siblings. There is always a price. Just because you haven't been the one to pay doesn't mean you inevitably won't."copyright protection71PENANAIKW56is0n7

Conner frowned and Adam clapped him on the back this time, "I'd probably risk it to, if I were you. My father would always get on my about doing shit like that too when I was younger. Never did learn anything though. So if you're going down, so am I."copyright protection71PENANAE9nsrEf3TO

Conner smirked, "At least it'll be fun."copyright protection71PENANAqnI9busBbN

"And there it is, folks!" Xander cried, "We have come across the real reason, he's looking for entertainment! What happened, got tired of whoring around, Conner?"copyright protection71PENANAfTxcZEvrFS

Conner chuckled, "Nope, besides lots of sexual frustration makes people more willing to get down and dirty."copyright protection71PENANAzk1WMtA1wu

Adam and Xander shook their heads.copyright protection71PENANAQWRy633yFe

"I pity the men who get stuck with you, whore."copyright protection71PENANAlU8T67yBzd

Conner looked appalled, "Me, a whore? Never. Not without getting paid first at least."copyright protection71PENANAu8xw4kZFmv

Adam looked aghast.copyright protection71PENANA9cs1Ly4O6K

"Joking," Conner teased, "Besides, all I require is to be bought a drink first."copyright protection71PENANA2sEblLjTnS

He cocked his eyebrows at the human and Adam choked on his drink.copyright protection71PENANA7R1Eo5ZnLl

Conner and Xander burst into laughter.copyright protection71PENANATUylWjU070

"Don't worry," Xander chuckled, "Tonight's is on the house."copyright protection71PENANAK9splObEIy

That didn't stop Xander from making an obscene gesture with his mouth and right hand for a moment, making the human blush like crazy under the gas lighting.copyright protection71PENANAxPqytOEtcp

Conner chuckled to himself, he liked how the human suddenly got shier around him.copyright protection71PENANAO5kmrgFlhN

He knew it was not the time period for it, but hell if he was willing...copyright protection71PENANAm1XOriDCWl

Conner downed the rest of the bottle, pleased as he began to feel it hit him, warming his body and creating a pleasant buzz. It took a few minutes for the human to get back to looking him in the eye and Conner blinked when Adam suddenly looked wide-eyed. Conner looked at Xander but the demon wasn't paying attention, wiping down the bar.copyright protection71PENANAataB1EpG7C

"What?"copyright protection71PENANA5WHpi9GYuX

Adam blinked, "You look different. Taller and everything."copyright protection71PENANALQZIFq1j2X

Shit.copyright protection71PENANAEdrPOtte9B

Shit. Shit. Shit.copyright protection71PENANARexyEQHlPc

He'd have to take off his glamour to replace it with a new one.copyright protection71PENANAiB3hjJHl2K

He glanced at himself in the mirror behind the bar. His skin had lost the red tint, back to the color of milk while his hair was darkening and becoming redder by the moment. His eyes were flickering from a dark green to baby blue and he knew it was only a matter of minutes before it all evaporated away.copyright protection71PENANAiHXKwMd01m

He looked at Xander and the demon looked up, frowning at him.copyright protection71PENANABSB9rg09BP

Conner turned to Adam, "Do me a favor?"copyright protection71PENANAlUqpcK8U5a

Adam swallowed and nodded, still scanning him, seemingly fascinated by his changing features and coloring.copyright protection71PENANAEoRC8opmor

"Wh-what's happening?"copyright protection71PENANAJ0kl9LB9Ud

Conner swallowed, "How drunk are you, right now?"copyright protection71PENANAZg8pFkaOeg

"Oh, I'd say I'm quickly sobering."copyright protection71PENANAYTEQvNfV9D

He looked like it, too.copyright protection71PENANAmSDGdNsPXm

"Okay, Adam. I need you to uh, not freak out. Can you do that?"copyright protection71PENANA3WDbmjvw7K

"Conner, no." Xander interceded.copyright protection71PENANAM6DrX9ec4o

Conner glanced at him, "He's cool. I'll take him to Sara's tomorrow and we'll sort everything out. Wipe him if we have to, but for right now....I'm willing to take a leap of faith."copyright protection71PENANAQqgu7uhzjf

Xander glared at him, "If you have to, kill him. Exposure is not a good thing in this current time period."copyright protection71PENANAWmbzyyS450

Conner nodded.copyright protection71PENANAOR6sj3BxgF

He turned back to Adam, "Okay, I need you to close your eyes. Just staring at me while it happens is going to be hell on your eyes and your mind. I'll tell you when to open them."copyright protection71PENANAV66cAdGSN0

Adam's breathing was harsh and he was on the verge of a full blown panic attack. He closed his eyes and tried to calm himself down, but Conner could tell it wasn't really working.copyright protection71PENANA7JnjjVRb0W

He made short work of dropping the glamour, his head beginning to pulse in mild pain. His teeth clenched and he let out a small grunt of discomfort as his body transformed back into its true form.copyright protection71PENANAcPOih7mSFD

He was taller, closer to seven feet than he was to six. He blinked sharply as his eyes flickered back to their true shade, burning ever-so-slightly.copyright protection71PENANAyBKEOkSudF

It was kind of relieving. He swore that he'd stick to the lesser level glamour, at least for the time being. He had his papers from the office so he knew roughly what he had looked like. Luckily, his actual facial features had only shifted minimally.copyright protection71PENANAvkoSDHOvTP

He blew out a breath, "Okay, open your eyes."75Please respect copyright.PENANA7tEPNuRS9H
Adam opened them slowly, scanning him up from the floor.copyright protection71PENANAr5EfoVnLN3

He looked wide eyed at him, "Oh my god."copyright protection71PENANAplE90suSXH

"You vampires, look what you get yourselves into." Xander shook his head and Adam looked to him.copyright protection71PENANAys2WlGEaby

"Are you- are you one too?" He stuttered and Xander snorted.copyright protection71PENANAZCEES3zgPn

"No, I'm no vamp. But the less you know the better."copyright protection71PENANAjeIXnJqRBo

Adam looked back at Conner, looking up to meet his eyes, "Oh, wow."copyright protection71PENANAzaRB6chLns

Conner grinned nervously, swaying from side to side as his strength began to kick back into full gear. He began to tap the bar repetitively, his superior speed already making it uncomfortable for him to stay in one place for too long.copyright protection71PENANAkn5Y1Y2AeR

Adam kept blinking at him, as if he didn't believe his eyes.copyright protection71PENANAXx5GvtpWl1

Conner wouldn't if he were him.copyright protection71PENANAkUbbvioN4L

It was all kind of unbelievable, but he had at least been born into it. It was probably stretching Adam's mind out to say the least.copyright protection71PENANAgo8lnakqKy

"Uh... okay, I'm not freaking out. But uh, wow."copyright protection71PENANAhI6npBQPxb

Conner forced himself to nod slowly as his body grew back into his natural restlessness.copyright protection71PENANAQS623Blrpq

He'd forgotten how annoying it was.copyright protection71PENANAcFPl1cvlCg

Adam blinked, his panic attack dying down.copyright protection71PENANAUUZ0hoC8d9

"So you're uh..."copyright protection71PENANAj41p751swq

"A vampire, yes."copyright protection71PENANASJ6H57UBsx

"This is...uh..."copyright protection71PENANARmrQmJfZRs

"Unbelievable?" Conner supplied and Adam nodded.copyright protection71PENANA8bxaBEgC6M

Xander handed the mortal a bottle of what looked like whiskey, thankfully mortal dosaged. Adam gripped the bottle tight and took a swig. He looked like he was trying to think of something to say but every time he seemed to be back to surprised and so tried to compensate by guzzling down the bottle.copyright protection71PENANA3Zw9HBgCcJ

"So you... drink blood?"copyright protection71PENANA946BVskasb

Conner laughed, "I'm old enough that I can go a while without drinking if I want. At this point it's more of a habit of pleasure than actual need. I personally eat human food and drink. Not all of my kind do, but most of us find that human food stuffs taste good too."copyright protection71PENANADBnaLYO2AV

Adam nodded and looked away until Conner's constant shifting drew his attention.copyright protection71PENANAOEVlNCW4e9

"What are you doing?"copyright protection71PENANANodTZ9mjjO

Conner let out a bleat of anxious laughter, "I am... readjusting to my true form. I can run... um, really fast. I'm the fastest of all of us, it's kinda my thing."copyright protection71PENANAvWpS7bQVdr

Adam nodded and took another swig.copyright protection71PENANAR25MnTpkXE

"So you're not going to eat me?"copyright protection71PENANAuK3IE2R1ma

"No, not unless you want me to."copyright protection71PENANAPS7fLeqCaE

"Want you to? When has anyone ever wanted to be eaten?" Adam was aghast and looked back and forth between Xander and Conner, the former having gone back to the obscene gesturing to explain.copyright protection71PENANA32H9P52fp0

Conner and Adam blushed.copyright protection71PENANATULXCp0tqm

"Um, I'm not-" Adam began, "But it's okay if you are, I mean."copyright protection71PENANAEgfLv00WCb

Xander smirked at Conner from the sidelines while Adam swallowed and tried to do something or another, certain human behaviors were really beyond Conner's understanding.copyright protection71PENANABGdiQ3nSiN

But he figured the human was trying to put a word to his sexuality, or something like that.copyright protection71PENANAScHE9j39Mu

Most immortals didn't see the point with that. You love who you love, you fuck who you fuck and all that jazz- why humans always wanted to put a word to something like that he had no clue.copyright protection71PENANAwrKLcgMdcp

Conner explained his logic to the human and Adam nodded and downed the rest of the bottle in return.copyright protection71PENANAoN6C5WFtPY

"That's a nice way of thinking. My grandparents were really religious, I think they would roll in their graves if I were gay though."copyright protection71PENANAgIaYmkhqu4

"If they loved you it wouldn't matter. Family ain't your true family if they don't accept you for who you are. Gay, hetero, etc..." Conner stated and Xander handed the immortal a bottle of bloodwine from the small fridge under the bar.copyright protection71PENANAU0wFMIVzW7

This particular bottle was made from a... young woman, somewhere around twenty when it was bottled. The wine part was older, around a century.copyright protection71PENANAZkV5X12DuS

Adam nodded, "Just wondering, but what do other races think of humans?"copyright protection71PENANACLANKX72nB

Xander laughed, "Let's just say we find mortals amusing. Outside of that it varies upon the individual."copyright protection71PENANA7hCDWplRYi

Adam's brows furrowed.copyright protection71PENANAZYDV3AW6er

Conner clapped him on the back lightly, careful to not be to rough, "Personally, I think humans are fun. Interesting to look at and talk to. Your lives are so much simpler, yet so much more fulfilling than most of the immortals I've met. There so brief, and you all put so much meaning into them. You create purpose for yourselves and I envy that. Immortals simply look for ways to amuse themselves. We have nothing really driving us forward. Humans have the desire to better themselves- witches do too, but even they feel apathy keenly like one of us does occasionally. Humans, while they feel it sometimes, somehow manage to push through and do something with the short times they are given to live."copyright protection71PENANAYQdzDXwLZT

Adam looked surprised at his words, "You sound like you envy us."copyright protection71PENANAn6aZK7p5Zn

Xander sighed, "Immortals are not the best to look to when it comes to finding meaning in life. Perhaps part of that comes from finding all meaning simple, maybe not easy to explain, but easy to comprehend."copyright protection71PENANAoYm1UqBQwQ

Conner leaned back on the bar stool, "And don't you all have a concept of soul mates? Most immortals don't. Some types do, but most of us choose our mates if we have any at all. Most of the time it sets us up for inevitable pain. Family members who are full immortal outlast everyone they know who isn't up to par vitality wise."copyright protection71PENANAivGw4ktA5t

Adam quirked a brow, "So neither of you have soulmarks? That sounds awful."copyright protection71PENANAtsAEskLRqK

Conner shook his head with a teasing grin, but his tone was melancholy.copyright protection71PENANAfOJBPD1ruy

"You make the best of it." He looked back at Adam, "So what are your soulmarks? How does that all work?"copyright protection71PENANAhN3Yj7jMHp

Adam shrugged, "Hell if I know. Mine isn't even a word- it's a symbol of some sort. Got weird looks as a kid because of it."copyright protection71PENANAgaRQOkbAbB

Conner smirked, "I'll show you my fangs if you show it to me."copyright protection71PENANAlrq52fJ4Hd

Adam grinned back in response, "What are they? Retractable?"copyright protection71PENANACZ1FXkMh7t

Conner took a sip of his drink, "You'll just have to wait."copyright protection71PENANAGnEyetSp34

Adam slid off the stool and promptly fell on his ass on the wooden plank floors.copyright protection71PENANA1pvruyHdCo

"Damn," He muttered, "Guess I drank more than I should've."copyright protection71PENANArensUlNGCU

Conner bent down and lifted him off the floor like one would do a glass doll.copyright protection71PENANAaiiOQwiJVl

Adam narrowed his eyes on the immortal, "That didn't feel patronizing. No, not at all."copyright protection71PENANANXLjogR5tu

Conner grinned, "Chin up, buttercup. I'll help you home."copyright protection71PENANAtVIRoCccjO

He winked just to make Adam blush again and choked on his drink, his lips stained a bloody red.copyright protection71PENANA6t7oiYVAHQ

He licked his lips and waited for Adam to make the next move, but the mortal was slow on the uptake appearing fascinated by his small display. Conner clicked his tongue to knock him out of it.copyright protection71PENANAWvOHPcYGhs

"I know I'm a knockout and all, but..."copyright protection71PENANAbLnTCMwOYQ

"Yeah, yeah, yeah." Adam unbuttoned his shirt and took off the button up to reveal a well-built upper body and a white wifebeater undershirt. Conner could faintly spot a gold symbol emblazoned into his chest, about an inch above his heart. He released his bottle back onto the bar and needled the undershirt down enough to decipher it.copyright protection71PENANAD5kKtCIodq

Xander's breath caught.copyright protection71PENANAfaW3SLgQry

"Is that?" The demon began and Conner nodded.copyright protection71PENANAiDjGwWs3Lr

"It's how we originally wrote our names, quite a while before your own creation, Xander." The vampire remarked, his eyes slightly confused to the viewer while unrest stirred within his mind.copyright protection71PENANAUpwe90RSp4

He knew that name, because it was most certainly his name. It was the sigil that he had once given his mortal lovers to invoke him with in his earlier years.copyright protection71PENANAjFffJ70ZXs

"So..." The mortal drawled, "Do you know whose name this is then?"copyright protection71PENANAxf5RWCNoGz

"Uh... how about those fangs now, huh?"copyright protection71PENANAQAYmO8nG1M

The human rolled his eyes with enough attitude to cut stone.copyright protection71PENANALkr0za7za5

"Sure, why not?"copyright protection71PENANA2Hl7zhJnGp

Conner grinned and revealed his canines to the human, "Watch carefully."copyright protection71PENANAWw0VSP3gv4

Adam nodded and suddenly the teeth appeared to sharpen into two slightly longer canines that he knew were deadly just by looking at them.copyright protection71PENANA2gougYFoyQ

"That's.... Wow."copyright protection71PENANAtAyPH76ruM

Conner chuckled, trying to push off his own oncoming anxiety attack. Adam failed to notice the vampire's discomfort but Xander did not.copyright protection71PENANARriRmbGqsc

"You know who his soulmarks belong to?"copyright protection71PENANAuusTZJSF8q

Conner sighed, "Yes."copyright protection71PENANAvC04rIbxaG

Xander let out a growl, "Well are you going to keep us waiting?"copyright protection71PENANAk17DTuOAVg

His switch to english sounded almost as guttural as their native tongue but the mortal beside them noticed all the same- like Xander had well wanted him to.copyright protection71PENANAMqLfjLZcr7

Adam looked between the two of them and rolled his eyes and tried to stand up, nearly falling on his ass yet again.copyright protection71PENANACXJD1bmdIw

Conner narrowed his eyes on Xander, "Mine, are you happy demon?"copyright protection71PENANAT3y1Grwv2r

Xander looked taken aback and glanced at the stumbling human whose grip was digging into his precious antique bar. His eyes narrowed at the infringement but relaxed again when the words resounded through his mind.copyright protection71PENANAMORy4bk3nL

"What are you going to do?"copyright protection71PENANAaZIUDK5ZXO

"What do you think? I'm getting him home and then I'll... I'll.... Hell, I don't know. I'll do something. He isn't even attracted to men!"copyright protection71PENANAvRR4Sywo3y

Adam was looking in between the two immortals, sighing when he went on ignored.copyright protection71PENANAQQnHorSIvf

Xander snorted, "Did you see the way he was checking you out, let me assure you, he most certainly is attracted to men. Or at the very least you."copyright protection71PENANAuGfdASXGSV

The comment was made along with a muttering under his breath of vampires and their irritating looks.copyright protection71PENANAunMmsFUY4Y

Well, someone was jealous.copyright protection71PENANAwUPTBdluWQ

Adam tried to step away from the bar but stumbled back and Conner instinctively steadied the human lightly (okay, maybe a bit too hard).copyright protection71PENANAJqxZD7RBNJ

"Damn, there's that grip again."copyright protection71PENANAwi7jEzYzy2

Conner blushed, "Sorry."copyright protection71PENANAy4WnYyBk2x

Adam frowned, "We've already been through this."copyright protection71PENANAbMYILCQDeD

Conner nodded and dropped a few of the Blackslate coins on the bar, which Xander quickly seized up with a flourish, calling out to the vampire as he escorted the human out of the pub, which was most certainly in a hole in the wall.copyright protection71PENANAmLVu4A429C

"Figure your shit out, Conner! Before it bites you in the-"copyright protection71PENANA5IH25GAG0D

The door to the pub slammed shut and they walked into the street without looking back.copyright protection71PENANAebpdUaQKN4

The roads were deserted, time having passed quicker than either of them could have guessed. Conner expected it- immortal hubs always had a way with fucking with time.copyright protection71PENANAoaPkFUUJW4

Adam was leaning on him for support, but it was awkward given the severe height difference. Conner sighed and they hobbled down the streets, Adam telling him the directions to the flat where he lived alone, having moved out of his family home fairly recently.copyright protection71PENANAm2M44SKFyK

He pointed out certain landmarks along the way, talking about his own childhood as he went. Conner listened quietly, restless as hell. All he wanted was a good run, but he would not be getting that anytime soon. Well, at least not soon enough anyway.copyright protection71PENANAiNWI1RSRBG

He had a little too much energy to burn, at this point he could probably circumvent this earth a couple times before it fully burned off. He sighed once more.copyright protection71PENANAW0QLkvFffC

"Am I boring you?" Adam asked and Conner sent him a wry grin.copyright protection71PENANAjCF6GKYqpx

"Nope. Just restless. I've never really been able to stick to a human pace when it comes to walking in my true body. Though I'm not one for walking in general."copyright protection71PENANAbIl7rmYjeA

Adam laughed, "What? Do you run everywhere you go?"copyright protection71PENANAZaAQVUmBaB

Conner nodded, "Kinda have to. Have to burn off the energy somehow. It's why I was wearing that glamour. It's one of the only ways I can actually relax."copyright protection71PENANAeudTATDzk3

Adam stared at him for a moment, "So you can't relax in your true form? That must suck."copyright protection71PENANA7vMtCdPBx3

Conner shrugged, "Trade-offs. I've been told that the excess energy makes me fun in bed."copyright protection71PENANAcxeMn9HJLR

He muttered the rest musingly, "Though it's a little difficult with my mortal lovers. When I was young, I managed to hurt one of them accidently. She forgave me, but uh... it made an impact on me."copyright protection71PENANAlZmyTWsxwM

Adam nodded, "So why don't I give you my address and you speed us over?"copyright protection71PENANAADhn6UBWw8

Conner's eyes went wide with excitement, "That sounds fun. I'll still be going pretty slow, but it would be better than this at least. You might even have a little fun too."copyright protection71PENANA0IFev3odMa

Adam rolled his eyes, "I bet."copyright protection71PENANA57arG3o9AU

Conner moved in front of him and picked him up by his legs and slung him onto his back, Adam's hands falling to wrap around his neck.copyright protection71PENANAVbydzF8aCE

"This is uh... wow you're tall. How tall are you? What? Seven feet?copyright protection71PENANAiDnYRT1g7O

Conner laughed, "I'm actually average sized for the Family. Juliet is my height and she wears heels too. She scares the hell out of mortals when she comes out without a glamour. To be honest, I think she does it to get a kick out of it. She's a little sadistic, but hey, we all have our vices."copyright protection71PENANArcVBDCF2Lg

"Close your eyes." Conner ordered and Adam obeyed.copyright protection71PENANAWHrvV1b3bN

Conner wrapped his hands around the man's legs to keep them secure and then took off. He arrived within a few seconds at the flat building, having got lost briefly without Adam's continuing instructions.copyright protection71PENANAIur6sjZuz6

"Okay, open your eyes."copyright protection71PENANAi1jeCXQhZC

Adam opened them and Conner carefully dropped the mortal to his feet, steadying him when he stumbled. Pure shock was apparent in his face.copyright protection71PENANAxWjZse1Dic

"Damn, you are fast." He blinked, "Didn't you say you would go slower?"copyright protection71PENANAr0HS7ab6EL

Conner rubbed the back of his neck, "I uh, did."copyright protection71PENANAdWMxapu1Hu

Adam turned his wide eyes on the vampire, "How fast are you exactly?"copyright protection71PENANAEerXeTcfxu

Conner shrugged, "I've circumvented worlds a few times to take the edge off. I can usually do that within ten minutes."copyright protection71PENANAsZv9RCj3JX

Adam merely blinked for a few stunned moments.copyright protection71PENANAPXUCu51Z7I

"Aren't you going in? You'll probably need to sleep off your drinks."copyright protection71PENANAuLXVIcPVrm

Adam nodded, "You want to come up? I probably won't go to sleep in a while. I think you managed to wake me up pretty well."copyright protection71PENANAqUlW3dynhi

Conner shrugged, "Sure. Sara's probably asleep now anyway."copyright protection71PENANAl6ffIKlKKs

He followed the human up the steps of the building then up two floors to the third floor door where his flat took up house. Adam unlocked it and entered, tossing his recruitment papers and new uniform on the dining table.copyright protection71PENANAsedqaWCZS4

It was a large open space cordoned off by bookcases into separate rooms. The floors were dark hardwoods that matched the beams that held the ceiling in place, covered in some places by a few rugs. There was a small kitchen next to the small dining area for four people, leading into a cozy looking living area, small but nice with a small table with an open book on top, its pages bookmarked with dog eared folds. A small radio was on the third shelf of the bookcase in front of the couch, which Adam turned on as he passed the room absently.copyright protection71PENANAmiYHe2VNpc

A soothing jazz ballad rocked through the air easily.copyright protection71PENANA5Ljl026mMQ

Adam had thrown his button up on the wooden chair in the bedroom area, tossing the things in his wallet on the small bedside table before he came back out and waved Conner further into the flat.copyright protection71PENANAOf52FfZifR

"So... what do you do to occupy time?" Conner asked and Adam shrugged.copyright protection71PENANAmBaljpnecN

"I usually read or sketch a bit after work. What do you do?"copyright protection71PENANAriyLDzNJVA

Conner shrugged in return, "Run, read, listen to music, go out and get lucky if I want. I get bored easily so I look for things to occupy my eternal existence with, its why I was signed up to fight. Or really how, because I uh, just stumbled into the recruitment office looking for something to do."copyright protection71PENANAAKPGMvVMOb

Adam gave him a dry look, "That seems reasonable."copyright protection71PENANADaNOw6dTlq

Conner brightened, "I knew you'd understand."copyright protection71PENANAHNIfymPm6K

Conner dropped his smile, "Do you have any food?"copyright protection71PENANAWGvLmihi45

His stomach growled to punctuate his hunger and Adam laughed.copyright protection71PENANAuIghwNoJHK

"Check the cabinet."copyright protection71PENANAaoxSE6etsl

Conner zoomed over to the cabinet and began his inspection which was brief to say the least. He pulled back with a pout.copyright protection71PENANAdo1Iao0rH5

He held out a small box, "Instant pudding? Is that all you eat because there is an inexcusable amount of it."copyright protection71PENANAxbNOtjCR3j

Adam laughed nervously and rubbed the back of his neck.copyright protection71PENANABdH86lflOH

"Well..." Conner trailed, "I'm going to go look for a rapist to snack on because let's be honest, I don't have the patience right now to find something that's open, let alone cook something myself. And unless you're volunteering..."copyright protection71PENANAG25ILf6LHO

Adam shook his head, "I'm not."copyright protection71PENANARfZE4sYGk1

Conner grinned, "Are you sure? I've been told my bite is absolutely orgasmic."copyright protection71PENANAZVfG4m2jHR

Adam blushed and Conner's grin deepened.copyright protection71PENANA0nT65Emcq3

Adam shook his head and Conner flitted away, accidently slamming the door a little too loudly. Adam for his part propelled himself onto the sofa and picked up the book to read while he waited for the vampire's return.copyright protection71PENANA0hjZVnsT4M

Conner was a little annoyed.copyright protection71PENANAV3IbKMxN6e

The rapist he had managed to track down mid-crime was screaming like a banshee. What does Garrett do to put a stop to this shit?copyright protection71PENANAE6CxdIczUC

Oh yeah.copyright protection71PENANADUUWUQknKp

Conner snapped the bulky man's neck and flitted away a few miles into another deserted alley to feed.copyright protection71PENANAaFtSReEp1K

Frankly, he was not in the mood to deal with the mess he made when he ripped into the dead man's throat, but he would certainly have to. He had forgotten how being out of practice could make things messy. Though to be honest, he only kept it clean when he wanted his prey to survive.copyright protection71PENANADGRgd4YqES

The man's blood tasted like watered down whiskey- probably a regular drunk then.copyright protection71PENANA3hNXeINz5x

The woman he had left behind in the alley was still there when he got back, tears streaming down her face and he wondered why no one had come out to help her. He looked at his surroundings and realization hit him.copyright protection71PENANAZfds84GMtI

Shit like this probably happened often in this neighborhood.copyright protection71PENANAx7oooCtm28

Conner had tossed the rapist's body in a dumpster and lit it on fire in the alley where he had fed and he could still hear it in the distance even though humans would most certainly not hear it.copyright protection71PENANAf5p23ELQeR

The woman screamed when she saw him.copyright protection71PENANAod6BFeGm1a

"What? Do I have something on my face?"copyright protection71PENANA4yitXG5r28

He ran a hand over his face and quickly realized how he might have turned the woman hysterical. Blood was drying on his chin and jaw.copyright protection71PENANAzidZkhD67S

He wiped it with his sleeve.copyright protection71PENANAXv537LiN8k

"Hey, um Miss... Uh, that man's gone." His words didn't calm her and so he settled for knocking her out with a soft pinch. He found her identification and made short work of delivering her back to her doorstep, discomfort ricocheting through him in waves.copyright protection71PENANAYcTgGRXLi0

He never did figure out how to deal with people in hysterics.copyright protection71PENANAUSi7RCovJw

Humans were strange and he could never figure out what caused that shit or what could make them come down from it all.copyright protection71PENANAnG2tK9e2Wn

The woman would probably remember it all- but humans were quick to deny anything out of the ordinary and she'd be assumed crazed if she talked about him.copyright protection71PENANAnVAgbg782q

Ten minutes later found him back in the doorway to Adam's flat, opening the doorway shyly, before sliding the rest of the way in.copyright protection71PENANA8Wir494tFN

Adam didn't even look up from his book as he entered, "You good now?"copyright protection71PENANAZ2t1wdbLg7

Conner bent over the kitchen sink and washed his face of the blood, scrubbing till his skin was an irritated pink that quickly faded back to its natural shade. He pulled off his bloody shirt and used it to pat dry his face, which felt scruffy from a bit of a beard coming in.copyright protection71PENANA8D3IUfY2o0

He should shave, but did he want to? Nope.copyright protection71PENANAswWKY1U2uz

He walked back over to Adam, standing over the human without a sound for a minute until Adam looked up and jumped a bit in surprise.copyright protection71PENANAPtCiv8vGTL

The human blushed as he scanned him and Conner grinned, "I-"copyright protection71PENANAO2pRKj6Jlu

"Do you need a shirt?"copyright protection71PENANAKO1HzZIu1c

Conner rolled his eyes, "Yes bu-"copyright protection71PENANA4QGG9bPERJ

Adam rolled off the couch and onto his feet and flitted away into the bedroom area to a set of drawers and tossed the immortal a stretchy wifebeater.copyright protection71PENANAqGLPyw9Efv

The vampire sighed, rolled his eyes again, but put it on nonetheless.copyright protection71PENANA9ZjbHTbpnc

Adam came out just as Conner was attempting to stretch it past his belly button (unsuccessfully.). Adam looked him over and burst into laughter at the annoyed look on the vampire's face.copyright protection71PENANABr3h8dtXRl

Conner groaned and pulled it off, "I'll just scrub my shirt in the sink, then. At least it'll fit even if it's wet. And blood red. But whatever. Sara can probably summon me up some clothing tomorrow."copyright protection71PENANAHi1t8zZhef

Adam wiped a tear from his eye, "Sorry, I shouldn't have laughed."75Please respect copyright.PENANAgYSpZ4hpxg
Conner waved him off, "Feel free to laugh your ass off. I'm fairly entertaining."copyright protection71PENANAMof6zWZKmm

Adam rolled his eyes and went back to reading while Conner scrubbed at his shirt in the sink with soap. He was grateful that it was a witch-made textile so it wouldn't rip if he was too harsh in his scrubbing.copyright protection71PENANAXXN1fVeIT6

After twenty minutes Conner let out a cry of victory and Adam looked up to see the vampire glowing with his victory and wearing a very much see-through white t-shirt stained slightly pink around the collar.copyright protection71PENANA3Bo54wF4OT

"How does that even still manage to fit you after you uh- well you know."copyright protection71PENANAkBhzHRwHCS

Conner grinned, "Witch-textiles, they shift to fit the wearer. They can even shift with shapeshifters. Pretty convenient if you ask me."copyright protection71PENANA3zQRA5NPOH

The radio fritzed a bit and a new song came on- this time a classical string ballad.copyright protection71PENANAVSikXmRCrF

Conner plopped himself on the floor in front of the couch, his long legs crossed over one another at the knee as he leaned back on his elbows. Adam rolled his eyes.copyright protection71PENANAwLhOkYGRFi

"Pick a book or something, don't just stare."copyright protection71PENANAKJRAAsGoiu

"But you're so nice to stare at!" Conner whined and Adam blushed.copyright protection71PENANA5emnykKqXb

Conner smirked and placed his right hand over his forehead and did his best impression of Rose from Titanic, "Paint me like one of your french girls!"copyright protection71PENANA5tWnihlY91

Adam quirked a brow at him silently and Conner groaned.copyright protection71PENANAgTK8tlBaKT

"Fine. Sketch me like one of your french girls!"copyright protection71PENANAFP72dGmY6j

Adam quirked his brow again, this time in confusion.copyright protection71PENANA9cN6z6nU5w

"Is that a reference?"copyright protection71PENANAWlqHuT354N

"Is that a reference? Only to an overplayed three-hour long cinematic tragedy!" Conner cried and then backed up suddenly, "Oh yeah, that doesn't come out till what? The nineties? Hell if I know. My bad. Sorry."copyright protection71PENANAZJD6LQN7OT

Adam smiled, almost smirkingly as he wrapped his arm to cushion his head as he laid out on the couch. Conner groaned and Adam sighed.copyright protection71PENANArY5f5Emszr

"Why don't you tell me about your lovers. I mean, you talked about one of them a while ago."copyright protection71PENANAZwNpdhjgnn

Conner leaned back and looked up at the ceiling.copyright protection71PENANA3m7GtSxg0m

"I guess, I mean most of them are either immortal or long since dead. Well, some of them have gone to ground." He sighed, "Do you want to hear about the men or the women?"copyright protection71PENANAaslfIqU4Tu

"Either."copyright protection71PENANAvT0iidACuX

Conner blew out a breath, "Well, there was Mary and her twin brother Michael. Both of them were sleeping with me just at different times without the other one noticing. That was a weird time."copyright protection71PENANA0xk7eN0L40

He laughed, "They came from a witch bloodline and it was odd because Michael could use his abilities as well as his sister. It's odd because male witch heirs tend to be just carriers for the power of their bloodline."copyright protection71PENANA8ettubUpfN

Conner looked up at the ceiling and fell flat on his back with his hands cushioning his head for support.copyright protection71PENANATLGU3Z7EBB

"Mary was beautiful in a approachable way. Her brother was stone cold with outsiders but took to liking me fairly quickly. I've always wondered why, but it's not like he could answer me now- he was hung during a witch trial with Mary. I had luckily managed to move their family, and their line is still going strong now I believe. Mary's granddaughter actually managed to make it to her transition and beyond that- she managed to survive."copyright protection71PENANABC9WKnJK9O

He briefly looked at Adam, "Half of us don't survive our transitions. And that's true for almost all of the Family except for witches, who for the most part never manage to even reach their transition."copyright protection71PENANALi3eMyqGXF

"I had a daughter." He stated, a wave of depression sweeping over him as he continued to speak, "She was everything to me- and that was quite rare for us immortals. Most of us raise our children as a community and not a single family unit. But her mother, a witch, convinced me to and, well, it was probably the best thing I've ever done."copyright protection71PENANAtQr9Lv9S9K

Adam had released his book to look over at the immortal, silent as he allowed the vampire to continue.copyright protection71PENANAuLnEH72rSc

Conner smiled softly, "Her name was Melody. She was beautiful and had her mother's eyes- a pretty soft lavender shade that sparkled when she was excited. She could make anyone happy just by smiling at them. She was so young, so fucking nice- she should've made it through it. She had been healthy- she had never had trouble when it came to her body, her health, or hell, any of the training we had all been put through when we were raised."copyright protection71PENANAfEujTgRjXO

His smiled turned bitter, "She should have made it through. She should have made it through."copyright protection71PENANAZqFqAqVJj4

His repetition seemed to make his words sound even more disbelieving, even more pained as Adam listened to him.copyright protection71PENANAuNPSsw0uXS

Conner went silent for a moment, dropping the bitter grin for a quiet disbelief that still struck him thousands of years after the fact.copyright protection71PENANAGdxbwrsnKp

He turned to look over at the human who answered his stare with a look of sympathy.copyright protection71PENANAcJQRarh5aA

But what could he know of the pain of losing a child. He might have lost his father from what he told Conner today- but that was not the same thing.copyright protection71PENANA9FoZxRwxlu

They say the worst thing a parent can go through is the death of a child before their own inevitable death.copyright protection71PENANAq2HYdepGC9

Death would not return him to his daughter.copyright protection71PENANA6OTWF3nX9y

Immortality was a curse- one he was subject to till the end of existence.copyright protection71PENANAyjeXiLOPj9

As he looked at the mortal laid out on the couch he appeared to almost become near decisive. But his mind was not certain- as much as he wanted it to becopyright protection71PENANAjKc1Iqg76S

The mortal was mated to him and Conner was certain that if he wasn't careful he'd grow too attached to this mortal for his own good. He was not a sucker for pain like Evangeline was- but knowing himself, he could see himself slipping into this relationship, sinking deeper and deeper till he would certainly not be able to climb out of that hole.copyright protection71PENANAhcHb8nfwko

It hadn't ever happened that badly before, but Conner could feel that this time would be different.copyright protection71PENANA5TIjQ15EQo

He was not looking forward to the end that awaited him when the mortal reached his inevitable own.copyright protection71PENANAOa80cRqsZx

Conner sighed.copyright protection71PENANAlhJ2tSpIoK

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